Klabautamann
Merkur


4.0
excellent

Review

by hipnotoad USER (6 Reviews)
October 13th, 2009 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Klabautamann's odd mesh of black metal, and progressive rock produces a surprisingly enjoyable outcome.

We live in a world where creativity is simply mixing things together. It seems bands will do almost anything to make themselves standout. From nintendocore, to crunkcore the ridiculous lengths some bands will go to seems virtually endless. Why do I bring this up? This was my initial reaction to "progressive black metal". I had not a clue what to expect, but the thought of blending the two together seemed gimmicky. All these negative first impressions would soon dissipate after my first listen of Merkur.

The album starts off with "Unter Bäumen" which gives you general representation of what the album sounds like. Black metal instrumentals intermeshed with progressive instrumentals (rather than having two separate sections). Beautiful acoustic interludes, all laced with shrieking black metal vocals. Trust me, it's more enjoyable than it sounds.

Lyrically Merkur is not what you would expect from your typical black metal band. Lyrics focus on nature in general, rather than the "Hail Satan, burn churches" you may have come to expect from black metal.

My only real complaint is something that doesn't necessarily put Klabautamann at fault, and it's that Merkur is somewhat hard to get into. The issue lies purely with the mixing of the two aforementioned genres. Black metal fans generally like the speed, and aggressiveness that goes along with it, and while Merkur has these moments, it regularly hits a brick wall and delves into slower, more progressive sections. This will instantly put a lot of people off. In order to fully extract everything that's going on, you have to enjoy both black metal, and progressive rock. Otherwise you will be waiting for the slower, acoustic sections to be over, and vice versa.



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Metalstyles
Emeritus
October 13th 2009


8574 Comments


nice first review. I think there are a few words missing from the first paragraph though. Also, the transitions from one paragraph to another don't run very smoothly; both the third and fourth paragraph start kind of abrupt, leaving the ending of the paragraph before them seem blunt. Still, good review in general, especially if this is your first.

This doesn't really appeal to me, but i think fans of both genres should eat this up easily.

BallsToTheWall
October 14th 2009


50239 Comments


Solid first. You'd love Janvs if you enjoy this.

Digging: House of Harm - Vicious Pastimes

fireaboveicebelow
October 14th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

was wondering when someone would review this

KYZAR
October 14th 2009


513 Comments


sounds good, nice 1st

jingledeath
October 14th 2009


7101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is way too enslaved-ish but still good

Ulsufyring
October 14th 2009


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is fun



for anyone interested, Klabautamann's guitarist is Island's guitarist

ameypv
October 14th 2009


808 Comments


have to check this out

Zoo
October 14th 2009


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tried getting into this, not sure why i didn't like it as this is usually my thing

hipnotoad
October 14th 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the comments and criticisms, much appreciated.

EasternLight
October 14th 2009


2710 Comments


fun black metal? whoa. good review

Hawks
September 13th 2015


73885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This slays. Lots of Enslaved vibes here.

Hawks
May 12th 2017


73885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still slays.

necropig
October 5th 2018


6135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Giving this a czech

Digging: Abandon [Swe] - The Dead End

necropig
December 4th 2018


6135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's great

bolenj91
April 4th 2019


16 Comments


Just listened all the way through. Definitely hints of Enslaved/Opeth, but pretty unique. Harsh vocals are pretty good. Nice jazzy moments, too. Need to listen more.

Hawks
April 4th 2019


73885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice. m/



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